Finding a decent Chicago apartments isn't the bloodsport it is in New York or San Francisco, but it's far from easy to make sure you're getting the most for your money. Whether you're in the market for a new place or just dreaming of future rentals, check out the gems we've found in the city's real estate listings, from Uptown to Wicker Park. Plus, get ideas for reworking your current space by flipping through photos of some creative home design right here in Chicago.
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Chicago's most awesome homes
An Orange Moon apartment
Lynne and Ty McDaniel transformed the back of their store into a colorful crash pad
An art-filled Evanston home
This Evanston home is filled with a ton of art—but that won’t stop the owners from collecting more
The Hyde Park home of Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro
The couple's passion for cooking and art define the design scheme
A newly married couple's apartment
A newly cohabiting couple marry their quirky, sometimes morbid collections in one home sweet home
Andersonville apartment with a great garden
Victor Wasserman’s Andersonville apartment is a garden of delights
A Lutheran church becomes a modern man cave
Robert Zizzo turned this former Lutheran church into a rustic man cave
Logan Square mansion
The neighbors are new, but the mansions on the block remain much the same thanks to Logan Square Preservation Society’s president Lewis Coulson
Humboldt Park apartment decked in steampunk style
K.L. Kenzie and Joseph Rovner deck their place in steampunk style